- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st Paperback Edition edition (3 July 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0006514855
- ISBN-13: 978-0006514855
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 4.2 x 17.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 493,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Girls' Night In Paperback – 3 Jul 2000
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Most girls know the best nights in consist of other girlie friends, a few bottles of vino (or devilish cocktail concoctions) and a good goss. A Girls Night In provides all this and more between the pages of its cover. A collection of short stories by 32 of the UK's most up-and-coming female authors, this intoxicating anthology is a heady blend of heartbreaks, highs and hit-and-misses. With each writer's distinct perspective and personal style flowing, no two stories are alike--although they all deal with a perennial theme: the battle of the sexes. Contributors include Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell, Wendy Holden, Amy Jenkins and many, many more. Marian Keyes' "The Truth is Out There" is an unusual, screwball spin on getting over a broken heart--a young woman in the process of a break-up is unwittingly assisted by "a small, yellow, transparent creature who liked to be called Bib", with an eye for the ladies. Lisa Jewell's "Rudy" looks at affairs of the heart from a rare male perspective--the stalker--leaving many a reader, oddly enough, with a wry smile. Innovative, wacky titles abound to induce the reader in: "E-Male of the Species", "Dougie, Spoons and the Aquarium Solarium" and "The Seven Steps from Shag to Spouse". Whether you are drawn to a familiar writer or someone new, you can dip in and out of these tales at whim, gaining a taster of whether you could enjoy a full course of their longer fiction. Either way, raise a glass to toast this eclectic mix of authors united to raise funds for War Child. Proceeds--£1 from every book sold--will promote a Child's Safe Play programme in the Balkans and an educational programme in Rwanda. --Nicola Perry
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Top Customer Reviews
The stories contain the joy of female friendships, the disillusionment of heartbreak, the excitement of new love/lust and the sweet taste of revenge. Familiar themes to most of us, you will find yourself reading this and recognising large chunks of your own life between the pages.
My first instinct was to say that this book would really suit women from 25-45 but I actually think that it is a read for all the girls out there, whatever your age.
The saddest stories are poignant rather than teary, and overall it is light and would be perfect in-the-bath or lunchbreak reading.
I have been delighted by the humour and wit of these talented authors and heartily recommend this book.
I was a bit disappointed, I have to admit. On one hand, the whole idea of the book, to help a War Child, was obviously very sincere and touching. But that aside, the book is almost embarrassing as an illustration of the multitude of Bridget Jones copycat novels about.
I started off with Marian Keyes story, which is truly excellent. But then it went downhill. Ten stories later, I had reached a point where I was foaming at the mouth and thinking - if one more story starts off with a Bridget Jones heroine being dumped / waking up with hangover beside a bloke, all written in the same queasy girly self-deprecating style, with hip references to Agent Provacateur etc etc - I am going to scream. The stories merged into one Bridget JOnes blur until I found myself reading a story which I thought by Anna Maxted, then realised halfway through it was Adele Parks - or was it the other way round? Cathy Kelly's and Claire Calman, who also have distinctive styles, read like a Jane Green. In fact, if you weren't told which story was by which author, you'd never know who'd written which one and it just left me begging for something different and original. These writers need to be a bit more brave.
But - 3 gems stand out from the dross. Lisa Jewell's entry is up to her usual very classy cut-above-the-rest standard - told from a male point of view, simply, and written in her beautifully readable, perceptively observed style. Jenny Colgan's was also passable - a kooky story with some nice humour.Read more ›
I reccomend this book if you want an introduction to some of the popular female authors of the moment. If you're looking for insightful, meaty stories this is not for you.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
the sheer range of authors in this collection means that you're probably going to like some stories more than others, but there's more than enough here to warrant the price, which... Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2001
I though this book would be good fun, but a lot of the stories seemed boring and pointless. They just didn't seem to go anywhere. Read morePublished on 29 Jan. 2001
There are excellent stories to be found in this fat and frothy mixture. It's worth buying just for Marian Keyes, Jenny Colgan and Lisa Jewell (funny, touching), Clare Calman... Read morePublished on 10 Nov. 2000
After reading and enjoying the wit of the likes of Lisa Jewell and gang, I had high expectations of this book. Short stories should be punchy, amusing and entertaining. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2000
I'm sorry but this book was awful, but saying that I never read it from cover to cover. After the first few stories I thought it was ok, I only read more because I was on a 4 hour... Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2000
The stories to begin with are excellant but seem to become samey as the book goes on, and predictable! However it is an easy book to pick up and put down when you want. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2000
Wonderful book for a wonderful cause. I have enjoyed the stories immensely. Some are lighthearted fun, some are more intense. Read morePublished on 24 July 2000 by firstname.lastname@example.org
I happen to need proper fiction as well as darn good entertainment (yes, I do mean the sort of girly writing that some people like to sneer at) when I take a book on holiday. Read morePublished on 22 July 2000
This book is a great idea. With this many top-selling contemporary female novelists it will sell by the shed-load and raise tons of cash for War Child which to my mind is the main... Read morePublished on 19 July 2000